GANTT PLEADS GUILTY IN ANDERSON

(Anderson, SC). DeAngelo Sanchez Gantt pleaded guilty in an Alford plea today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Voluntary Manslaughter following jury selection and motion hearings that were conducted on Monday. The Honorable J. Mark Hayes, II, sentenced Gantt to 25 years suspended to 12 years in prison with 5 years of probation to follow. By pleading under North Carolina. v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25 (1970), although Gantt does not admit to guilt, he does concede that the State has sufficient evidence to convict.  

 

On February 16, 2012, Redmond Donald was found lying on his back at Kennedy and E. Hampton St. in Anderson. Donald had been shot 5 times and died at the scene.  

 

“The evidence in this case fully supports today’s guilty plea,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “This plea and the sentence handed down by Judge Hayes takes a violent man off the streets of our community and ensures he will spend more than a decade in prison.”

WATT RETURNED TO COURT FOR SENTENCING

(Anderson, SC). Jamal Watt was returned to Anderson General Sessions Court today for sentencing on Attempted Murder, Assault & Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature and Resisting Arrest. Watt had been convicted of the charges on June 18th but had failed to return to court. The Honorable Edward Welmaker sentenced Watt at that time but sealed the sentence until the defendant was taken into custody. Law enforcement apprehended Watt in Seneca on June 27, 2014 and returned him to the Anderson County Detention Center. The Honorable Cordell Maddox read the sentence today which was issued by Judge Welmaker. Watt was sentenced to 135 months in prison.  

 

The incident for which Watt was sentenced took place on February 16, 2013 at T. J. Whispers in Anderson, SC.

 

WATT CONVICTED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

 

(Anderson, SC). Jamal Watt was convicted on Wednesday in Anderson General Sessions Court of Attempted Murder, Assault & Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature and Resisting Arrest. Although the Honorable Edward Welmaker sentenced Watt, the sentence will remain sealed until Watt is taken into custody. Watt attended court Monday morning but failed to attend the balance of the trial.

  

On February 16, 2013, Watt and another customer at TJ Whispers fought following a misunderstanding between the two. The victim was told to leave the nightclub and he and his fiancée went next door to Andrews nightclub. Later, deputies were called to TJ Whispers on an unrelated matter. As the deputies were attempting to leave the scene, Watt left TJ Whispers. At approximately the same time, the victim left Andrews. The defendant engaged the victim in a verbal altercation during which the defendant pulled out a pistol and fired it. One round struck the door of TJ Whispers next to one of the deputies who was struck from the debris from the shot but was not injured. Officers on the scene told everyone to lie down on the ground to allow them to search for any weapons. Watt jumped up and ran away. He was eventually found in a dumpster behind Red Lobster. He later showed deputies where he had tossed the gun.  

  

“The evidence in this case and the actions of the defendant clearly supported today’s guilty verdict,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “Mr. Watt’s violent actions could have easily led to the loss of the victim’s life or the life of any of the people in the area that night.  It is my hope that law enforcement can quickly locate and apprehend Mr. Watt before he presents any further danger to our community and I encourage anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to contact local law enforcement immediately.”

 

STOP-A-MINIT ROBBER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

 

(Anderson, SC). Sandtario D. Poole pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Armed Robbery and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime. The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Poole to 15 years for Armed Robbery and 5 years (concurrent) for the Weapon charge.

 

 

On October 14, 2013, the defendant entered the Stop-A-Minit on Pearman Dairy Road in Anderson armed with a knife. Poole flashed the knife at the cashier and demanded money. After receiving the cash, he exited the store and fled. The defendant was identified by a photo line-up, video surveillance from the store and a fingerprint found at the scene. Poole confessed to the crime after being arrested.  


 

“Thanks to the great work done by local law enforcement in this case, the defendant was quickly identified and arrested,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “This evidence also enabled our office to successfully secure today’s guilty plea and substantial prison sentence for a violent criminal.   I want to personally thank law enforcement for the work they did on this case and for all that they continue to do for our community.”